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Kara Davis

Orem, UT United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Prelude to Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (347)

    It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

    Svenghali says: "Trantor, capital of a galactic empire!"
    "A bit formulaic, predictable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No... the Foundation series is "just okay," in my opinion. The earlier books (written earlier) were interesting primarily because of their examination of social mores and structures. None is what I'd been expecting from a "science fiction" classic. This one is obviously written by an author more experienced and shaped by fans' desires for "a normal novel," and it's not a particularly interesting one.


    What could Isaac Asimov have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it... the "prequel" thing doesn't work.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As good as any; he's a great narrator.


    Could you see Prelude to Foundation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (428)

    Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's early days, in an extraordinary new novel of global political drama. Ryan's first days on the job at the CIA put him into a high-stakes game, playing for the life of the Pope and the stability of the Western world.

    Jerret says: "Combined review"
    "Very dull, verrrrryyyyy slllooooooowwwww.."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. Brick is excellent but the book is just very weak. Nothing happens. Clancy rambles on and on interminably about communism. Then another character starts thinking about it and we get to hear the same diatribes all over again. Repeat ad nauseum. Very boring.


    What was most disappointing about Tom Clancy’s story?

    What story? Nothing really happens. The entire "plot" would be the subject of one chapter in another of his books. This book is really not worthy of Clancy in my opinion. Furthermore, Jack Ryan comes across as more of a loudmouthed jerk in this book compared to his other adventures, where he's more circumspect and not as profane. This entire book just seems incongruous with Clancy's oeuvre (there... I get a nickel for using "oeuvre").


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He's one of the better narrators and does excellently with all types of accents (at least to my American ear). His Brit could stand some polishing up, but it's not laughable like some narrators' attempts.


    Was Red Rabbit worth the listening time?

    No... I think I'd not bother with this one if I could choose again.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clear and Present Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (405)

    Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off! At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.

    T. Heidner says: "Terrific Book. Much better Narrator"
    "A good solid Clancy book, good narration"
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    What did you love best about Clear and Present Danger?

    The plot was involved and the characters were interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the intrigue with the Navy and the local cops.


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is competent but not my favorite. It doesn't distract from the story but he seems a bit stuffy at times. Definitely not among the worst I've heard but not among the best either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriot Games

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (712)

    It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

    K. Masheter Deal says: "Oldie but Goodie!"
    "Solid Clancy, Great narration from Brick as always"
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    What did you love best about Patriot Games?

    Good plot, good character development, story moved quickly enough to keep interest.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The Irish characters were satisfactorily performed to my American ear, though I wager a true native would cringe at his foibles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1075)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Rick says: "Very rough recording"
    "Narrator is annoying, story not as in-depth"
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    What did you like best about The Hunt for Red October? What did you like least?

    The plot is not as involved, nor the character development as detailed as later Clancy works. I don't really feel like we get to know much about Ryan. He's also not as crucial a character in this story. Which is weird, as he's kinda the main guy.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sure, but not as much as later Clancy works. I actually prefer the film version of the story, which is highly unusual for me. In the film, Ryan is much more crucial to the events and more capable. In the book he's kinda just wandering around.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His accents are LAUGHABLE, particularly his "southern" attempt. It sounds like a bad cartoon. I mean, REALLY BAD.


    Did The Hunt for Red October inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, buy the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator is horrible; avoid in future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3445)
    Performance
    (3012)
    Story
    (3026)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "A good thriller; Phillips isn't for me"
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I guess I'm weird, because the way Lou Diamond takes a quick little breath before each sentence was very distracting to me, and just about drove me batty. After a few minutes of each listening session I started to disregard it and focus on the story, but for a while I was annoyed almost to the point of turning off the recording.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (685)

    Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

    Nancy says: "Previous Reviewers Are Spot On"
    "Great story, bad narration"
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    What did you love best about The Cardinal of the Kremlin?

    It's a little slower than the typical Clancy, with more character development and less shoot'em'up, but I liked it a lot.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was annoying to the point of almost intolerability at first, but I got used to it later, particularly as I got more engaged in the story. A different narrator would have been better.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sum of All Fears

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (605)

    Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

    Ray says: "Thoughts on The Sum of All Fears"
    "Scott Brick is great, story just good"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sum of All Fears the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is great and the characters, particularly the bad guys, are written well and you find yourself caring about them. The plot is a little unbelievable by Clancy standards, but he can be forgiven for that.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Brick is one of my favorite readers... very capable in all regards. No distractions from the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Remorse

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, has a mission - but the Pentagon wants him for a mission of their own. As Clancy takes us through the twists and turns of Without Remorse, he blends the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his trademarks with intricate plotting, knife-edge suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters.

    Billy says: "Not His Best, But Worth The Read"
    "Terrible abridgment; definitely get unabridged"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I bought the abridged version by mistake and the narrator is horrible. And due to the sloppy abridgment I was often lost and didn't really care about anything going on. My fault for not checking but I seriously wonder who benefits from these abridged recordings.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    any other Jack Ryan book that hasn't been abridged and performed badly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Dukes’s performances?

    NO.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9077)
    Performance
    (4788)
    Story
    (4861)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Now I know why everyone thought the movie sucked"
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    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good listen. I liked the music and the "acted" out scenes, but I still wouldn't have been disappointed with just the single narrator. I thought the kid who voiced Paul could have been much less wooden, for one thing. It was a bit confusing jumping from the narrator's version of the characters' voices to the acted-out version and back all the time. But it was still a good listen. The story? Mmmmm... not the astoundingly good one I'd been led to expect by Dune fans, but interesting enough. I have no desire to read it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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